On Saturday October 14th, the Calgary Masters Swim Club hosted a “season opener” circuit meet at the Repsol centre. Warm-up started at 1pm, the event was underway at 2pm and over at 5:15.
The best part about the experience, in my opinion, is how welcoming the event is to all abilities. Masters promotes inclusivity. As long as you want to swim, you are welcome!
Swimmers are seeded based on their entry times so one does not have to fear being “left in the dust” and being forced to swim with those who are faster. Events are mixed meaning depending on your seed time, you might have a 20 year old female to you left and a 70 year old male to your right.
In this heat, new comer Chris (38) was next to LYNX Masters Swim Coordinator Catherine who is…not 38. 😀
But, their seed times for this event were close, so they swam in the same heat.
If you are not affiliated with a Master’s swim group you can still enter. The sign up process is a little bit different as you email in your entries to the meet manager rather than using their online registration system. You are then assigned the code of “WILD” which is short for “Wild Rose Swim Club” (for unattached swimmers only). This code appears next to your name in the program.
There were many LYNX swimmers who returned for their second go at this meet. Last year it was the first Master’s meet for all of us. We’ve learned a lot in the last year as we didn’t miss our relay AND we packed snacks…lots of snacks. In between events there is a lot of time spent hanging out, socializing, and eating.
First time racer Monica had this to say:
My initial reservations about attending were inexperience, as I had never competed in a swim meet, and time commitment.
I was amazed at how quickly the events went by. I was a little nervous starting from the blocks. After the first attempt l realized it is quite fun- and it really shortens the swim! I will definitely be participating again!
Monica and Coach Karleen before their first event. Events at these meets change and are up to the meet host to decide. At this meet, there were 25m races in all strokes, 50s, some 100s, 200s and the longest events being 400m. Later in the season some meets will have 800m and 1500m freestyle events which are great for triathletes to test themselves.
Relays are always a lot of fun. At this meet we had an entry for both the Mixed 200m Individual Medley and the mixed 200m Freestyle event.
Catherine ( Backstroke)
200m Free Relay
A great meet was had by all. Mark your calendars for the next Masters Meet in Calgary put on by the Foothills Masters Club on Saturday January 27. Come join us!
Watch this blog for 7pm Friday night “tune up swims” where we practice starts, turns and practice other strokes. Contact Us if interested in more details.